San Antonio Restaurants with Playgrounds: Kid-Friendly and Mom-Recommended

Finding a restaurant that my whole family enjoys can be tricky. Recently, I asked our tribe of moms in the Alamo City Moms: Community + Conversation Facebook Group for recommendations of kid-friendly restaurants in San Antonio, and I got some amazing options with playgrounds and/or space for children to run around. I’m sharing those places below for all the moms looking for ideas.

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Kid-Friendly Restaurants Near Downtown San Antonio

The Cove
606 W Cypress St., San Antonio, TX 78212
https://thecove.us/about-us/ 
The Cove is an organic, dog-friendly, local restaurant, with a beer garden, live music, and an amazing playground that you can reserve to host birthday parties or events. There is also a laundromat and car wash, so it truly has it all.

Backyard on Broadway
2411 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78215
https://www.backyardonbroadway.com/
Casual dining, live music, and family-friendly entertainment with a kids’ play area.

Alamo BBQ Company
511 E Grayson St., San Antonio, TX 78215
http://alamobbqcompany.com/
A classic Texas pit BBQ restaurant near the Pearl with a large outdoor playground.

 

The Friendly Spot Ice House
943 S Alamo St., San Antonio, TX 78205
https://thefriendlyspot.com/
A pet- and kid-friendly spot serving over 300 brews with 76 craft beers, open noon until midnight seven days a week.

Tycoon Flats
2926 N St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78212
https://tycoonflats.net/
Established in 1983, this iconic burger joint/beer garden is located just north of Downtown, on the North St. Mary’s strip.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in North San Antonio

Blanco BBQ
13259 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216
https://blancobbq.com/
Located next to Hardberger Park, Blanco BBQ has indoor and outdoor dining with an amazing playground for the kids.

 

Two Bros. BBQ
12656 West Ave., San Antonio, TX 78216
http://twobrosbbqmarket.com/
Casual BBQ spot with a playground and a tree-shaded patio. It was named San Antonio’s Best Play Yard by the Express-News.

 

Big’z Burger Joint
2303 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78258
https://www.bigz-burgerjoint.com/
Kid-friendly spot with outdoor dining and a play yard, perfect for the kids to run outside.

 

Windmill Ice House
2769 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio, TX 78217
https://windmillicehousesatx.square.site/
A “small-town feel” restaurant serving barbecue. Windmill Ice House sits on one acre and has yard games and a large outdoor area with a playground.

 

La Hacienda de Los Barrios
18747 Redland Rd., San Antonio, TX 78259
https://lahaciendabarrios.com/
Tex-Mex food and margaritas with a spacious patio. La Hacienda comes from the same family that established Los Barrios restaurant in 1979, serving “home-style cooking with an abundance of amor, fe, and alegría (love, faith, and happiness).”

Viola’s Ventanas
9660 Westover Hills Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78251
https://www.violasventanas.com/
Another restaurant inspired by Viola Barrios’s recipes, serving Tex-Mex food in northwest San Antonio.

 

Chicken N Pickle
5215 UTSA Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78249
https://chickennpickle.com/san-antonio/
An indoor/outdoor entertainment complex that includes a restaurant and sports bar, as well as pickleball courts, a variety of yard games, and space to relax.

 

Hops & Hounds
13838 Jones Maltsberger Rd., San Antonio, TX 78247
https://www.hopsandhoundsllc.com/
A large indoor/outdoor restaurant with a dog park on-site, boasting a great atmosphere for the whole family, and serving classic comfort food.

Hat Creek Burger Company
7617 N Loop 1604 E, Live Oak, TX 78233
https://hatcreekburgers.com/
Hat Creek Burger Company is a restaurant chain founded in Austin in 2008, serving delicious burgers, fries, and shakes.

Wraptitude: Gourmet Wraps Burgers & Beers
23210 FM 3009, San Antonio, TX 78266
https://wraptitude.com/san-antonio%2Ctexas
Let the kids play outside and eat a legendary wrap in the San Antonio location of Wraptitude, established in 2010. The restaurant offers gourmet wraps, burgers, and fries.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Boerne

The Point Park
24188 Boerne Stage Rd., San Antonio, TX 78255
https://parkatthepoint.com/
Located six miles from The Rim, this coffee and food truck destination also has a playscape for big and little kids.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Helotes

B-Daddy’s BBQ
14436 Bandera Rd., Helotes, TX 78023
http://www.bdaddysbbq.com/
Located in old town Helotes, B-Daddy’s BBQ has a playground and plenty of space for the kids to run outside.

 

El Chaparral
15103 Bandera Rd., Helotes, TX 78023
https://www.elchaparral.com/
El Chaparral was established 50 years ago in Helotes, offering authentic Mexican food in the area. Today, the restaurant has another location in North San Antonio and is opening one more in Boerne. The Helotes location has been recommended for having an amazing covered playground.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Spring Branch

Tree Haus Tavern
15000 TX-46, Spring Branch, Texas 78070
https://treehaustavern.com/
A place for community and family entertainment in Spring Branch. Tree Haus has live music on the weekends and on special dates; you can find the live music schedule on their social media pages.

The Branch Neighborhood Grill
17130 TX-46, Spring Branch, TX 78070
https://www.thebranchsbtx.com/
Family-friendly restaurant serving burgers, ribs, and other American cuisine.

 

Screaming Goat Yard & Tap
4 Sun Valley Dr., Spring Branch, TX 78070
https://screaminggoatyard.com/
Dog- and family-friendly restaurant that houses a full bar with specialty cocktails. It offers an outdoor space full of yard games and picnic tables and also hosts live music.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Bulverde

Mariscos El Paisa
29094 US-281, Bulverde, TX 78163
https://www.facebook.com/paisafoods/
This restaurant serves Mexican seafood, beer, and margaritas. It has a comfortable patio seating area and kids feel like captains and Marines while playing in the ship-themed playground area.

 

Spechts Texas
112 W Specht Rd., San Antonio, TX 78260
https://www.barandgrillsanantonio.com/
This restaurant, just north of San Antonio, has been in business since 1890! It offers home cooking and live music each Thursday to Sunday.

Richter’s Antler Cafe
1 Sun Valley Dr., Bulverde, Texas 78070
https://www.antlercafe.com/
Richter’s Antler Café specializes in traditional, hearty Texan dishes. It has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a tree-shaded playground.

Born and raised in the north part of Mexico, Aidée is a mom of two boys who considers San Antonio a great place to raise kids, even though all her family lives on the other side of the border. She speaks only Español at home and tries to teach her boys about their heritage, learning as well about American traditions and having fun adapting to both cultures. Favorite Restaurant: Palenque Grill Favorite Landmark: Mission San Jose Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Rodeo